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5.0 out of 5 stars If you can recall the sound of a dial-up modem on the spot, then you should read this book., 26 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Breathing Machine, A Memoir of Computers (Kindle Edition)
Before reading this book I had forgotten that there used to be a search engine called Dogpile. I am glad to have been reminded of this. It seems important, somehow. It's amusing, at least.

This book will feel familiar to anyone who grew up around technology in the late 80s and 90s. Does the sound of a dial-up modem still echo somewhere in the back of your brain? If so, then this book is for you.

The author's experience of growing up alongside the internet is not my experience of growing up, and it's not yours, but it's close enough that it's bound to stir up some nostalgia for a time when technology seemed so unknowable, so powerful, so arcane. It's a charming trip through a childhood defined by archaic chatroom conversations and tentative online relationships, one that's bound to be in some way familiar to anyone who grew up around the inception of the internet.

Come for the nostalgia trip, stay for all the references to things you're bound to have forgotten that will bring a smile to your face, and take a look at somewhat stark place that tech culture has become in recent years. Then party like it's 1999 and you've just launched your first Angelfire site.
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